Saturday, 14 March 2009

Chess Satire - Chess Wounds, The Daily Show (2000)

The Daily Show is a satirical comedy show, hosted by Jon Stewart, airing on Comedy Central in the United States, and shown around the World on CNN International. When aired on CNN International, the broadcast is prefaced by the following announcement:
"The show you are about to watch is a news parody. Its stories are not fact checked. Its reporters are not journalists. And its opinions are not fully thought through."
This episode, entitled Chess Wounds, takes a satirical look at chess and group of people who play "human chess".

Ivory Chess Set Owned By Captain James Cook

Ivory Chess Set Owned By Captain James Cook (1770):
[© National Maritime Museum, London]

This barleycorn ivory chess set belonged to Captain James Cook.

Captain James Cook FRS RN (1728 -1779) was an English explorer & cartographer born in Marton in Yorkshire. Cook was the first to map Newfoundland. He subsequently made voyages to the Pacific Ocean where he discovered the eastern Australia coastline, Hawaiian Islands and circumnavigated New Zealand. Cook died (1779) in Hawaii, in a fight with the islanders, during his third Pacific voyage.

William Bligh was a junior officer who served under Captain James Cook before commanding the HMS Bounty and being subject to a mutiny by his crew.

Terra Firma Chess - Chess Tables Central Park, NYC

Chess Tables - Central Park, New York City
[Annie Mole on Flickr]

Central Park is a large, public, urban park in New York City. The decommissioned Central Park Reservior, also known as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir (since 1994), was built between 1858-1862. The Park was completely designed and landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted & Calvert Vaux.

Aerial View Of Central Park, New York City: